When it comes to celebrating summer in the northern United States, no city does it quite like Salt Lake City. August is an amazing time to visit this Utah city for arts, music, and sporting events, as well as special festivals and community celebrations.
From the colorful Sandy Hot Air Balloon Festival to live musical performances at the State Room, you're sure to enjoy great summer events on your trip to Salt Lake City this August. However, keep in mind that since public schools and universities don't start back until the middle of the month (or September), you'll be competing with both locals and tourists for a spot at some of these events.
Additionally, August can get rather warm in Salt Lake City with highs around 90 degrees Fahrenheit and lows in the upper 60s Fahrenheit. However, the city stays relatively dry with only five days of rain expected across the month, so you won't need to pack an umbrella for this trip.
The fundraiser event for the Kimball Art Center, which has taken place for 50 years and funds youth and adult artist programs around the city, returns for three days in early August.
Featuring the works of more than 200 artists, including pieces in visual arts, performance art, music, film, and artisan food tastings, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival will be on historic Main Street in Park City. You can get a weekend pass for adults; other special passes are available. Children ages 6 to 17 are half price.
The Real Salt Lake soccer club is a member of Major League Soccer's Western Conference. While the season kicks off in June, August is packed with a few away games across the U.S. and home contests at the Rio Tinto Stadium, where Real Salt Lake hosts New York City Football Club (FC), Seattle Sounders FC, Los Angeles FC, and the Colorado Rapids.
The Salt Lake Bees are the Triple-A club of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels, and play in the Pacific Coast League. While August is a busy month for the Bees, they play plenty of games at Smith's Ballpark in Salt Lake City, including hosting the Oklahoma City Dodgers, New Orleans Baby Cakes, El Paso Chihuahuas, and Reno Aces this month.
Family Nights at the courtyard in Red Butte Garden take place on Mondays in June, July, and August, featuring music, dance, crafts, and activities associated with cultures from around the world.
For the Monday Family Night this August, you can enjoy a performance by Island Traditions, a South Jordan-based dance group. They honor island traditions from Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti, and Samoa through displaying and teaching authentic dances, music, and clothing.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) classified bike race with a 477 mile (767.8 kilometer) route across northern Utah. Various UCI teams compete each year in the event, which runs for a week in August. The event begins with a short "Prologue" that's 3.3 miles round trip in Snowbird Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and then takes place over six stages during the next six days, ending up in Park City, 35 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport.
The Depot is a live music venue that has featured national musicians like Robert Plant, BB King, and Jeff Beck since 2006. This concert venue at the historic Union Pacific train depot at the Gateway outdoor complex can hold up to 1,200 people in its four levels. It's located in downtown Salt Lake City near the Vivint Smart Home Arena and the Clark Planetarium.
The summer lineup is packed; see The Depot's event calendar for show details.
For two days in August, the Sandy Hot Air Balloon Festival starts with sunrise launches at Storm Mountain Park. Coffee, muffins and other breakfast goods for sale will help get the day started. The Balloon Glow celebration on the second evening at South Towne Promenade includes a display of illuminated hot air balloons and fun activities for all ages, ranging from face painting to bounce houses to a dance party and food trucks.
The Craft Lake City "Do It Yourself" (DIY) Festival is a handmade art, science, and technology gathering promoting over 250 local artisans, DIY engineers, craft foodies, vintage vendors, and performance artists who will attend. This annual outdoor alternative art festival that has taken place for over 10 years offers participants a chance to create silk-screened posters, deconstructed and reconstructed clothing, jewelry, knitting, and other forms of arts and crafts. The 11th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival will take place at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City for three days in August.
The Salt Lake County Equestrian Park and Fairgrounds in South Jordan will host the annual Salt Lake County Fair Family FarmFest for three days in August. This free event features livestock and craft exhibits, a petting zoo, helicopter rides, a carnival, and all the fair food you can eat. Other activities include a backyard barbecue competition, a junior livestock auction, a 4-H (Positive Youth Development Program) competition, junior rodeos, wagon rides, and good old-fashioned hoedowns.
The 10th Annual Utah Beer Festival will take place over a mid-August weekend at the Utah State Fair Park. This celebration of brews brings together local brewers presenting over 200 different beers and ciders. The event is strictly for guests aged 21 and over. In addition to live music, there are plenty of special activities to enjoy as well as 15 diverse local food carts and trucks onsite in case you get the munchies. You may buy a single day ticket or a two-day pass in advance.
Hosted by Southern Utah University in Cedar City, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, a Tony Award-winning, professional theatre, may be a little out of the way from Salt Lake City, but with shows all month long, you won't regret making the roughly 3.5 hour trip. Several performances continue through October in three theatres at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts. The festival includes activities like backstage tours, play orientations, and costume and prop seminars.
One of Salt Lake City's favorite small music venues with a full bar is the State Room in downtown, with space for 299 people who must be age 21 and above. With both theater seating and a dance floor and local and touring acts, the State Room is a great place to go for a casual drink and concert all month of August. Tickets must be purchased online.